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# Got 520 now, previous score was 540

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Updated on: 04 Jan 2019, 19:35
Hi All,

I am an Indian, I wrote GMAT second time today after 3 years ,and got a score of 520. My previous score was 540. I prepared this time for over 4 months. I was extremely shocked to see my score as I got an average of 640 in GMAT PREP exams. I think, I am not fit for this exam or may be not smart enough to crack it. Please advise, whether I should retake or can I apply with a 520 score to some average b-schools in UK?

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Originally posted by manian85 on 02 Jan 2019, 14:12.
Last edited by manian85 on 04 Jan 2019, 19:35, edited 9 times in total.
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02 Jan 2019, 18:19
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Hello manian85 ......welcome to the community.

540/520 are a bit low scores. I would definitely concentrate to move this northwards. I am not sure if there are any top schools that accommodate <600. So, I would get the ESRs, pinpoint my weak areas and work on them regularly and mindfully(for Q:why I am getting them wrong and for V: why the incorrect answers are wrong).

GMAT Club has plenty of resources. I would start with the post by bb:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-p ... ml#p605856

I would try to forget about the past and go for a fresh start.

All the best !!
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02 Jan 2019, 22:42
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manian85 wrote:
Hi All,

I am an Indian, I wrote GMAT second time today after 3 years since last time and got a score of 520, my previous score was 540. I prepared this time for over 6 months. I was extremely shocked to see my score as I got an average of 640 in all my GMAT prep. I think, I am not fit for this exam or not smart enough to crack it. Please advise, whether I Should retake or can I apply to schools with 520 score

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Dear manian85
520 is not a bad score. what is your score split? V-?, Q-? IR-?, AWA-?
If you get your ESR and post GMATClub, experts will advise you based on your area low scored subsections.
If you focus on your weak topic and continue the same focus on strong topics, it is very much possible to crack the higher.
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02 Jan 2019, 23:20
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Hi manian85,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day did not go as well as hoped. Earlier this year, the GMAT went through a format change (the Quant and Verbal sections were shortened), but the overall concepts/content of the Exam are still the same. GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. With a 540 three years and a 520 now, these two results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 530 +/- a few points), meaning that you respond to the GMAT in the same ways as before. Before we discuss why you scored so much lower than how you were scoring on your CATs/mocks, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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2) How have you scored on EACH of your recent CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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02 Jan 2019, 23:56
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Hi manian85, your score definitely does not do justice to your academic exploits. It must have been a humbling experience.

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04 Jan 2019, 11:39
Hi manian85,

I’m sorry to hear how things have been going with the GMAT. First off, don’t sell yourself short. I’m certain that you are an intelligent person, and with the right study plan, you can knock the GMAT out of the park. Thus, if you are up for it, retaking the GMAT would be a good idea.

I’m happy to provide some further advice regarding your GMAT, but I’d first like to learn some more about you. Once you respond to the questions already asked, I can provide some detailed advice.
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04 Jan 2019, 19:17
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manian85 wrote:
Hi All,

I am an Indian, I wrote GMAT second time today after 3 years since last time and got a score of 520, my previous score was 540. I prepared this time for over 6 months. I was extremely shocked to see my score as I got an average of 640 in all my GMAT prep. I think, I am not fit for this exam or not smart enough to crack it. Please advise, whether I Should retake or can I apply to schools with 520 score

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M.S Computer Science in USA with 4.0 GPA
3- International Journals
12 years experience, currenlty working as a Software Architect.

Dear manian85
520 is not a bad score. what is your score split? V-?, Q-? IR-?, AWA-?
If you get your ESR and post GMATClub, experts will advise you based on your area low scored subsections.
If you focus on your weak topic and continue the same focus on strong topics, it is very much possible to crack the higher.
all the best.

Aug 2015 : Quants : 38 Verbal : 25
Jan 2019 : Quants : 40 Verbal : 21
Did not prepare for all three years second attempt prepared for 3 months.
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05 Jan 2019, 18:10
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I'm surprised to see an Indian test taker to score Q < 40
Generally ,It's not hard for an Asian college graduate to get a Q43,44 without any preparation ...at least that's my personal experience...
Remember that my maths was so rusty (had not touched maths for more than 15+ years) that i could barely remember any maths formulations ,and that it did not take much effort to reach around 48...from 48 to 50,51 takes some solid practice and good luck:)

My struggles with Q were mainly about English & basic concepts .... I picked up the basic concepts within a couple of days ,and improved Q vocabulary through working on problems.

It seems that your English is much better than mine . I don't see that you would struggle with understanding the questions.Obviously , you were a top student in school also....

It's really hard to comprehend your situation . Maybe you should consult some other Indian test takers . Indians know Indians the best.
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05 Jan 2019, 18:47
It could have been nerves and anxiousness. Breathe and try it again

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05 Jan 2019, 22:28
See rons videos.Will surely help to ease anxiety and also improve your concepts

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06 Jan 2019, 11:32
newyork2012 wrote:
I'm surprised to see an Indian test taker to score Q < 40
Generally ,It's not hard for an Asian college graduate to get a Q43,44 without any preparation ...at least that's my personal experience...
Remember that my maths was so rusty (had not touched maths for more than 15+ years) that i could barely remember any maths formulations ,and that it did not take much effort to reach around 48...from 48 to 50,51 takes some solid practice and good luck:)

My struggles with Q were mainly about English & basic concepts .... I picked up the basic concepts within a couple of days ,and improved Q vocabulary through working on problems.

It seems that your English is much better than mine . I don't see that you would struggle with understanding the questions.Obviously , you were a top student in school also....

It's really hard to comprehend your situation . Maybe you should consult some other Indian test takers . Indians know Indians the best.

You are right, in all my four GMAT Prep tests I got Quants (44,47,48,48). I was very shocked to see a 40 in my exam. Really don't understand what's happening with me on test days.
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07 Jan 2019, 02:41
Perfect practice makes perfect
Find the right approach ,and you will get there

manian85 wrote:
newyork2012 wrote:
I'm surprised to see an Indian test taker to score Q < 40
Generally ,It's not hard for an Asian college graduate to get a Q43,44 without any preparation ...at least that's my personal experience...
Remember that my maths was so rusty (had not touched maths for more than 15+ years) that i could barely remember any maths formulations ,and that it did not take much effort to reach around 48...from 48 to 50,51 takes some solid practice and good luck:)

My struggles with Q were mainly about English & basic concepts .... I picked up the basic concepts within a couple of days ,and improved Q vocabulary through working on problems.

It seems that your English is much better than mine . I don't see that you would struggle with understanding the questions.Obviously , you were a top student in school also....

It's really hard to comprehend your situation . Maybe you should consult some other Indian test takers . Indians know Indians the best.

You are right, in all my four GMAT Prep tests I got Quants (44,47,48,48). I was very shocked to see a 40 in my exam. Really don't understand what's happening with me on test days.

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